Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University (WCU) recently placed on campus 75 new recycling bins they received through the 2013 Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program. These recycling bins enabled WCU to expand its recycling program to athletic facilities, where students had reported that there was a need.

WCU was one of 35 colleges and universities that received recycling bins as part of the program, which is an effort to help schools boost recycling and is tied to the foundation’s partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the College and University Recycling Coalition.

Since 2009, WCU’s recycling rates have increased 55 percent. “What that tells us is that there is a huge need to add more bins on campus,” Lauren Bishop, energy manager at WCU. “We are truly grateful to the Alcoa Foundation and Keep America Beautiful for selecting us as a recipient.” .